Dr. Laura to End Radio Show

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is planning to sign off permanently from her radio show at the end of the year amidst a furor over her use of the N-word during an on-air conversation with a caller last week.

Schlessinger, during an appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” said that the contract for her radio show will expire at the end of the year. The conservative radio counselor said that one of the reasons she plans to end her radio show is to “regain her First Amendment rights.” “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry,” she said.

Schlessinger also fired back at some groups that she accused of trying to “silence” her although she has already apologized for saying the N-word 11 times in an effort to drive home a philosophical point. “To imagine that there are people who refuse to accept an apology because they have an agenda and would like me silenced — I’m done with that,” she said.

The incident has affected the Dr. Laura show, as several sponsors have pulled out from the radio program, including General Motors Co.